The Bundesliga has got a joy back for the ‘weird’ Klopp


Retrieved 20 May 2020, 00:34 IST

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jগrgen Klopp was very pleased to see the Bundesliga return and insisted that the matches behind closed doors could still provide enough nutrition for them to look at the football fix.

The German top flight resumed over the weekend and Liverpool manager Klopp said his enjoyment of the fan’s absence did not diminish, although he acknowledged that he might be a “strange person”.

In an ideal world where he would like stadiums to be full, Klopp wants people to appreciate the fact that football is slowly returning after a long period of coronavirus-coercion.

And the former Borussia Dortmund coach felt that the league he was leading showed the way forward.

“Look, I like it,” he told Liverpool’s official website after the weekend game at his hometown, including a 4-0 win over Schalke Dortmund.

“In this part I’m a weird person; when I watch football – other games, not our games – I watch most of the time without words because I don’t want to hear the comment, I’m just interested in the game.

“So now it’s completely normal for me to watch other football games. I like this game, I’m interested in what they do and things like that.

“I know, football behind closed doors is definitely not the same. Why do we have to mention it? When contacting us, when people encourage us, when they push us through the yard and we all like it and all the things. We do it. Like but it can’t be ours.

“Why do you always think about something you can’t have in the moment? Use your thing in the moment.

“And it looks like it will be possible – and it’s already possible in Germany – to play behind closed doors. And the game of football was really great; super goals, real fights, tight games, clear games, clear results, a right fight.

“Imagine the first night feeling a little better, ‘Take a look here and here, how it will go, how it will feel?’.

“But a lot of teams in Germany play for something – they want to stay in the league – and that’s exactly what will happen in England.”

It was announced on Tuesday that 7446 Premier League players and staff tested coronavirus and gave six positive results across three clubs, whose names have not been released.

With fixtures expected to resume in June, Klopp’s side needed two more wins to claim the first top-flight crown in 30 years.